At this moment enjoying a double espresso in a bar while having a view on the harbour of Piran. The weather is recovering from a heavy thunderstorm last night. Always amazing, so much rain in so little time.
Had a good day of sailing from Trieste to Piran yesterday although. Speeding up to 7 knots with only the genua set. Did a swim & sleep in a little bay just around Piran then entered the harbour.
Piran is a very nice little village. It was once a great maritime power until it had to bow to the force of Venice. That was around 1300. Being part of the Venetian empire, the city has been build in line with the design of Venice and it has a nice campanile overlooking the city and an old fort. It has been well conserved which means a lots of tourists walking through the city.
To day will be sailing to Italy again, Lignano to be specific. If the weather forecast is right there will be some wind around 1400 local time which will bring us there nice and easy.
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Just received an email that the crew for Dubrovnik – Split is training their cooking skills as a team. So much appreciated!
To stimulate them a related daily picture. This nice little fishes were consumed in Mali Losinj, almost 2 weeks ago already. We had bought them from some local fishermen, how fresh can you get it?
Today waiting for a window to leave Umag, simply said it I think it is the most depressing city among the further beautiful coast of Istria.
At this moment still in the afterstorm. Wind is around 20 knots but still gusts. Should decrease later in the day (around 1400 local time). Depending on when the wind will decrease, we will be heading for Trieste in Italy (about 20 nM) or Piran in Slovenia (about 8 nM).
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The Bora of yesterday makes you long for the bay of Brbinj. And it was only just a week ago…
A very peaceful bay on Dugi Otok of the Kornati. There is a small village with 5 houses, a supermarket and a restaurant. A 15 minutes walk through the hills brings you to a similar village. There we had the best Dorade from the grill. Life can be simple.
But one thing I found out yesterday is the Bora beer. This you drink when you survived the Bora to replace the anchor beer after a fine day of sailing.
Left early today, as in Gasthof Gruber was not much party going on. After an hour or so in Slovenia for a total rip-off of EUR 35 for a road vignette. That amount would be fair if a) the roads are in good condition and b) you will make a fair mileage in that country. After an hour left the country so not much more to tell about Slovnia. In Croatia the weather improved finally. From a mediocre 12o C in Autria to a very fair and nice 25 degrees. Highland of Croatia so beautifull, as were the first views of the Adriatic Sea (Ta Thalatta, Ta Thalatta, Ta Thalatta, I was crying out aloud).
Before leaving the highway I though to go for some more fuel. Unfortunately my fuel cap seems to have broken somewhere among the road (probably due to the bad condition of the Slovenian roads!). So with the last drop of fuel I was able to reach the Sun & Sea. I have to admit I did not really enjoy the last miles among the coastline of Croatia in the sun looking out over the sea to the Kornati Islands. Certainly not when I found out that TomTom had sent me to the wrong village to take a ferry that didn’t exist anymore…